Halibut Cove artist Annette Bellamy is one of 10 Alaska artists selected by the Chugach National Forest and the Alaska State Council on the Arts to create ornaments for the 2015 U.S. Capitol Christmas tree.
Early registration is going on now for the 2015 Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference to be held June 12-16 at Land’s End Resort. Sponsored by the University of Alaska Anchorage, Kachemak Bay Campus, this year’s keynote presenter is National Book award finalist and novelist Andre Dubus III.
The Homer Council on the Arts’ Spring Cabaret is 8 p.m. April 17 and 18 at Wasabi’s Fusion. Created and directed by Hannah Heimbuch, Jennifer Norton, Katelyn Wythe and friends, the show features traditional and contemporary songs in grand cabaret style with a live band.
Tickets are $18 HCOA members and $25 general admission at HCOA and the Homer Bookstore, and includes a 15-percent discount on a pre-show dinner entrée. Proceeds support this summer’s HomerARTS Camp for kids. A drawing is held each night for free tickets to The Second City on May 1 at the Mariner Theatre.
Now that spring has arrived, it’s not just crocuses popping up around town. New venues also appear this month for First Friday shows, including a twist on the usual opening. At the Homer Elks Lodge, the artist becomes the show when painter Dan Coe does a four-hour stint on the back porch making an original work of art on a 4-foot-by-8-foot sheet of plywood.
“It will be more a performance piece than a finished painting,” Coe said.
Alaska State Parks seeks artists to apply for its first-ever Artist-In-Residence Program to be held this June-August at the Ernest Gruening State Historical Park and cabin, 25 miles north of Juneau.
The program encourages artists to create work inspired by Alaska’s state parks. It also will offer visitors and the general public an opportunity to see state parks through the eyes and ears of contributing artists. Successful applicants will have an opportunity to stay for up to two weeks at the historic cabin.
Martin Zeller holds a 5-hour improvisational theater workshop from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. April 18 in the Art Barn behind 1060 East End Road. The class introduces, explores and expands the skills of improvised theater. Through exercises and games, participants will learn to play with and experience the basic elements of theater improv, including spontaneity, listening, scene development, finding the game, playing it and story building.
The annual Cowboy Cabaret returns at 5 p.m. April 4 at Alice’s Champagne Palace. The evening includes cowboy poetry, stories and songs. Special musical guests are the Homer Ukulele Society and Neck & Neck. Sign up between 6 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. with entertainment to follow. Cowboy Mark Marette is the master of ceremonies. Grub may be ordered off the menu. Call Jackie at 299-1851 to make a table reservation. Tickets are $25 a family or $10 each at the Homer Bookstore or at the door. Proceeds benefit the Kachemak Bay Equestrian Association.
There is something about the Alaska landscape that attracts a certain kind of person. Alayne Tetor was drawn to Alaska by its wild, untamed frontier, adventure lifestyle and simple living. She was attracted by the background vistas and glacier landscapes. Tetor, 28, an art teacher at Homer High School, captures these moments and sights through mixed media, water colors and photography. Her show, “awAKenings,” opened this month and is on exhibit through March 31 at the Homer Council on the Arts
“…When I sally forth to seek my prey
I help myself in a royal way.
I sink a few more ships, it’s true,
Than a well-bred monarch ought to do;
But many a king on a first-class throne,
If he wants to call his crown his own,
Must manage somehow to get through
More dirty work than ever I do,
For I am a Pirate King!
And it is, it is a glorious thing
To be a Pirate King!...”
International guitar masters Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo perform 7 p.m. March 27 at the Mariner Theatre. They also will do an informal jam-style workshop while in Homer. Known as Frank and Vinny, the duo plays a wide variety of classical and modern music ranging from Bach, Mozart and Beethoven to Gerwshin, Bob Marley, Sting and John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Their PBS television special, “Four Generations of Guitars,” is part of the 13-episode series, “Music Gone Public.” They also have released four albums, with a fifth coming out soon.
Libby Roderick, the Anchorage-based folk singer/songwriter and environmental activist who will perform March 26 at the Kachemak Bay Conservation Society’s annual meeting, fights for change by singing love songs.
Eight weeks of Big Read events culminate with a capstone presentation by Ray Bradbury biographer Sam Weller at 7 p.m. March 19 at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. Homer’s Big Read this year is Bradbury’s classic dystopian novel, “Fahrenheit 451.” The authorized biographer of Ray Bradbury, Weller wrote “The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury,” a Los Angeles Times best seller and winner of the 2005 Society of Midland Authors Award for Best Biography.
Kachemak Bay Celtic musicians present an informal acoustic Irish music session starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday for St. Patrick’s Day at AJ’s OldTown Steakhouse and Tavern. Fiddle player Lindianne Sarno said the session will be like those of traditional Irish music sessions she saw when traveling in Ireland.
The line-up includes Sarno, Tim Quinn on guitar and vocals, Cindy McKenna on guitar and vocals, Sunrise Sjoeberg on melodica, bodhran and vocals, Susan Stempel on electric keyboard and Bumppo Bremicker on bodhran. Musicians are welcome to join the session.
An Alaska comic and ’zine jam with Sowsear is 6-9 p.m. Friday at Bunnell Street Arts Center. Sowsear is both a website and a print comic book featuring a wide range of material by Alaska artists and cartoonists. The free event includes a comic artists talk and a micro-comic workshop. Materials are provided.
“Own your words,” advised Slam and Jam organizer Cory Davidson to youth poetry slam participants. At the second annual spoken word event held Feb. 27 at the Homer Council on the Arts, that’s just what the poets did.
Jubilee, the Homer Council on the Arts’ annual celebration of youth art and performance, starts in April with a First Friday opening from 5-7 p.m. April 3 of the Jubilee Youth Visual Arts Exhibit at HCOA and other locations. Art submissions from students in grades K-12 are due March 27 at HCOA. All submissions are welcome.
Fairbanks photographer Adam Ottavi returns to Homer and Bunnell Street Arts Center for a month-long residency in March. During his residency, Ottavi will create 60 tintype portraits for a fundraiser, the Bunnell Street Tintype Portrait Project. For a $150 donation, anyone can have a tintype portrait taken and receive a 4-inch-by-5-inch photograph taken using the antique tintype process. Two tintypes will be taken, one for the donor and one to be displayed in a show at Bunnell and eventually donated to the Pratt Museum. A reception for the Tintype Portrait Project is 5-7 p.m. March 27.
106 W. Bunnell Ave.
Let That Fire Catch Me Now, photographs by Adam Ottavi and poetry by Kevin Goodan
5-7 p.m., First Friday Opening Reception; 6 p.m., artists talk
1 p.m. Saturday, poetry reading with Kevin Goodan
Often the art of photography doesn’t get as much attention for gallery shows, but this month two exhibits demonstrate a wide variety of equipment and subjects. At Bunnell Street Arts Center, Fairbanks photographer Adam Ottavi returns with a technology that duplicates 19th century methods. Last spring, Ottavi did a residency at Bunnell taking portraits in the wet-plate collodion technique — making images using chemicals on glass plates and with a camera he built himself.
Singer-songwriter Jonathan J. Bower returns to Homer for a series of songwriters workshops. He does an adult workshop from 6-9 p.m. March 10 and 11 at Tango Salon on Pioneer Avenue and a youth workshop 1-4 p.m. March 12 and 13 at the Homer Council on the Arts. The adult fee is $50 and the youth fee is $30. At 7 p.m. March 12, Bower also performs in concert at HCOA. Tickets are
$5 youth, $10 HCOA members and
$15 general admission.